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Poster: smgarcia Date: May 31, 2008 3:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Keith's Piano Fall/Winter 1977

I've noticed a distinct difference in Keith's piano sound from early 1977 and late 1977. In early 1977 it sounded more like a piano, not too much synth. But in late 1977 it has this very weird sound - like it's synthesized but nothing that I have never heard before.

But I'm not enamored with it. First many of the recordings for late 1977 has Keith prominently in the mix, and then to boot you have to hear that very weird sounding piano. I know there are many people who think there were awesome shows from October/November 1977 but it is not nearly a desirous time than April/May 1977. The band is almost already starting to show signs of wear and tear, or maybe Jerry is beginning to smoke the white opium too much.

What do you think?

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Poster: billydlions Date: May 31, 2008 4:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keith's Piano Fall/Winter 1977

For one thing, there's so many more shows from spring than fall. There seems to be more of an edge to Garcia's playing in the fall shows and someone here commented that he changed his tone. 9/3, 10/11, 10/29, 11/2 & 11/6 are all great shows, equal to the best from May. I am not big fan of Keith's playing from spring as he tended to repeat a lot of his playing. I kind of liked his different sound from fall. Also, many songs from May sound the exact same from show to show. I think that by 1978 Garcia's habit, as well as other band members (keith) was out of control.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jun 1, 2008 11:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keith's Piano Fall/Winter 1977

I call it his farty sound, and it shows up to particularly bad effect in the Scarlet>Fire on the Road Trips 1/2 bonus disc. I doubt I'd mind it so much if Keith's playing were less pedestrian in 77.